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Old 06-05-2013, 08:20 AM   #151
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Gee I read that wrong. I was going to reply "Forget the refreshments, bring on the wenches!"
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That's a wonderful idea, but you know it'd get us both in too friggin' much trouble!!!

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That much estrogen floating around the KLRsys household might set off Mrs. KLRsys, who would then be on the phone with Mrs. Willy, who then revokes my kitchen pass. The whole thing just starts to unravel.

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Old 06-05-2013, 09:19 AM   #152
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So are you taking orders on builds yet? You have done 3 now youre a pro!
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Old 06-05-2013, 10:15 AM   #153
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So are you taking orders on builds yet? You have done 3 now youre a pro!
No, not yet. But I'm working on it. I'm keeping meticulous records on what I'm spending to build this one, and also the labor time involved. It's looking like the parts cost is not bad at all, most of the money is spent on bells and whistles like Power Commanders, fancy suspension goodies, tires, etc. Of course there is the purchase of the Versys, but a lot of that is recouped selling off the left overs, which does add to the labor tab. And the labor tab is the killer, it's just a boatload of work to build these things.
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Old 06-05-2013, 10:29 AM   #154
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Day 10, 30 days to go

At the end of day 10, this is where I'm at. Pretty much finished the radiator mounts and grills. Next is get the tank to fit, built mounts for the ECU and radiator overflow tank, mount the fuel pressure regulator and pump. By then it should be ready for powder coating.







It's little things like this bracket that are time killers. I have to make about 14 custom bracket of various sizes and shapes to mount stuff like the grill, body work, rad tank, etc.



I also prefer to have nuts in blind spots welded in place. Makes it easier to assemble, but takes time.



So keep packing Willy, it's gonna happen.
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Old 06-05-2013, 10:49 PM   #155
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Day 11, 29 days to go

Not too much progress this evening. I got the fuel tank to fit. It has to be hammered on the underside to clear the right side of the cylinder head. Also got the radiator overflow tank mounted.

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Old 06-06-2013, 09:44 AM   #156
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Hi there, just read this through from start to finish. I was wondering how you go about insuring a modified bike like this. In the Uk some insurance companies wont insure a bike with a change of paintwork let alone an engine change with frame mods. Great biuld though. Keep up the good work
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Old 06-06-2013, 01:17 PM   #157
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Hi there, just read this through from start to finish. I was wondering how you go about insuring a modified bike like this. In the Uk some insurance companies wont insure a bike with a change of paintwork let alone an engine change with frame mods. Great biuld though. Keep up the good work
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I just insure it as a KLR 650, just like it says on the title. None of the insurance companies I've ever worked with have ever asked whether the bikes are modified. I also don't get full coverage, so I'm not sure they would care anyway.
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Old 06-08-2013, 10:56 PM   #158
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Barely Alaska Ride 2013 - New Thread

I just started a separate thread over in the Ride Planning > Americas forum.

This will help to keep the bike build discussion and the shake down cruise discussion a little better delineated... and hopefully we can get some good ride routes and travel tips.

I also intend to post updates, questions, concerns, etc about this trip as they develop.

That thread can be found here:

Barely Alaska Ride 2013 - KLRsys Shakedown Cruise
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Old 06-09-2013, 10:53 PM   #159
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Day 14, 26 to go

Pretty much finished the framework. The pile of parts below goes off to the powder coater tomorrow morning. Hopefully I will get it all back sometime this week. While waiting I'll work on the exhaust and airbox.




Vtwinwilly sent me a rough route for the Barely Alaska ride. Subject to change. Still planning on leaving July 14-15th.

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Old 06-09-2013, 11:59 PM   #160
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Barely Alaska Ride 2013 - New Thread

Here's a link to the Barely Alaska Shakedown Cruise I started over in the Trip Planning > Americas forum.

http://advrider.com/forums/showthrea...3#post21608193

BTW... I tried posting this link earlier and it never appeared. A board clunk I guess. So if it shows up twice... oops!
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Old 06-10-2013, 09:29 AM   #161
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THIS, is the bike, Kawasaki should offer, the Super KLR 650.

Nicely done!!
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Old 06-11-2013, 03:18 PM   #162
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Powder coaters oven. You could drive a car in there.



And I've got a new helper, Joshua. A bike builder in the making. He's pulling off the oil pan for drain relocation.

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Old 06-11-2013, 07:35 PM   #163
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You could sell me one of the 2 you have already for some start up money on future builds. Just saying
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Old 06-13-2013, 07:29 PM   #164
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You could sell me one of the 2 you have already for some start up money on future builds. Just saying
It could happen. You never know, there might be three of them for sale by the time we get back from Alaska.
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Old 06-13-2013, 07:36 PM   #165
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Day 18, 22 to go

Oil pan drain has been relocated.



Started on the exhaust.



Got all the parts back from the powder coater this morning. Looks good.



Back to work...
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